Like many children of the sixties, I grew up in a family that had very poor communication skills. It did not prepare me to create successful or fulfilling relationships professionally or personally. After finding myself as a shy, divorced housewife, I threw myself into a learning frenzy (over two-decades long and continuing to this day) to understand what went wrong and learn everything I could about leadership, relationships and communication.
During that time, I had the opportunity to study, mentor and work for international experts in their respected fields. I transformed into a successful consultant with an entrepreneurial spirit and now devote my time to helping other women transform into the leaders they know they can be. Professional women come to me when they want to have more influence, respect, and to be taken seriously, especially by the men in their field. They think it’s their gender, but most often, gender is only a minor part of it.
For example, Eva is a 37-yr-old and the founder of an international corporation. She thought the reason her prospective clients weren’t taking her seriously was because of her age and gender. It wasn’t, it was her body language. After only a ninety-minute session, she stopped sending the wrong nonverbal messages. She saw immediate results that afternoon. She is now perceived as the leader she wants to be.
I’m driven to help professionals confidently communicate to achieve the level of influence and end results they want and deserve. As the founder of Competitive Edge Communications, I work with a broad range of success subjects, all based in leadership, relationships, and communication. My expertise is in verbal and nonverbal communication;
I deliver easy-to-implement, high-impact success strategies for turbo-charging your leadership, relationships and communication both verbal and nonverbal including getting people to do what you want them to do, gender differences, boundaries and expectations, be seen as a leader, team building, and why groups behave the way they do.
For example, Lynn, a VP at a multi-national for 9 years came to me because she wanted to get to the Senior VP level. Can you imagine, for 9-years she had struggled to get taken seriously. She couldn’t understand why she couldn’t break through…. With just a few body language tweaks, and her consciously understanding the messages to send, she got that senior VP job. Now, it wasn’t at that multinational;
I work with a diverse set of clients:
•Entrepreneurs who face unique challenges as CEOs, as direct team leaders, and as the "face of" or marketer representing their own firms;
•Corporate leaders who work within more well defined and often constraining conditions, often having to communicate difficult news;
•Marketing and sales executives who must maximize their message, trust-building and rapport while managing their own staffs and direct reports;
•Financial executives who must market their products or firms to the public or to institutional clients;
•Professional women in non-traditional industries that need to be taken seriously by the entire team and lead diverse groups;
are just a few of the examples of the types of industries, issues and poeple I work with.
I’ve been told that "…Sharon possesses x-ray vision’ that will mesmerize your audience as she spots what blocks attendees from the income and leadership positions they desire…."
It really isn’t x-ray vision, although it can feel like that…. It is the specialized training and mentoring I’ve had over the past two decades that has taught me to know with high accuracy the nonverbal signals you send that contradict what your mouth is saying AND how to make sure your mouth is saying what you really want it to say….
Politics aside, a famous female U.S. politician. Her voice is often called shrill. Honestly, men’s ears close at that tone – it’s like fingernails on a chalkboard to them. Among a couple other things she does, if she would take a step or two back when talking to people, she could drop her chin into it’s natural position. This isn’t x-ray vision, it’s knowledge put into action.
I see this all the time in people of shorter stature, they raise their eyes (and thereby their chin) to look at someone. However, the result of the chin going up an inch or more is the voice changes, too often becoming shrill. Taking a step back to see the listener from a more natural position is such a simple fix.
I love sharing my knowledge and life work with others. One way I do that is through television, radio and print, including the Journal of Medical Practice Management, Coach World TV, 1190 KEX, AM 1400, Fox Business, Women Entrepreneur, and Reader’s Digest. Learn more on my Media Page.
In addition, I’ve had the pleasure to speak for a wide variety of audiences including Yale’s School of Management, Women’s Executive Leadership Council, PRSA National Conference, ICF Conference, Integra Telecom, and Oregon Department of Employment.
As the published author of three books, my latest book, titled What Your Body Says and How to Master the Message, was released by John Wiley and Sons, and has been published in five languages since its publication in the winter of 2010. I was recently voted one of fifty authors you should be reading in 2011.
Small changes make significant impacts.
Contact Sharon today http://www.sharonsayler.com